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Bologna carries out housing policies as a social inclusion mechanism and a way to foster cooperativism

Bologna (388,367) | Social housing – Cooperativism

Bologna is committed to guaranteeing the right to housing through a diverse range of mechanisms - like social housing, fight against evictions or public co-housing - which match the increasingly complex housing challenges posed by the social and demographic changes in the city.

«The municipality has brought sharing and solidarity back to the center of housing policy, expressing this concept through different strategies. In recent years, the city has invested in cooperativsm as a way to carry out urban renewal, by supporting low-scale projects aimed at revitalizing common areas in public housing by residents themselves. Care activities and self-organization have been promoted in order to foster existing housing facilities and create collaborative networks of residents »

Bologna Housing Policies Department

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A look at Vienna’s local human rights system

Vienna (1,8 million) | Human Rights Cities - Nondiscrimination

Five years after launching its process aimed at assuming a more active role in human rights policies as municipal administration, Vienna has become an inspiring example of “Human Rights City” in Europe and beyond, with consolidated human rights policies, institutions and laws.

« How can a city population feel completely secure? Defining security should take into account its broad nature in the city – if a child is able to come back home from school by himself, can grow up free from fear and have access to education and later on to labor market. In the end, this is also about having trust in local authorities: If I am unemployed, is there any system for supporting? If I can’t afford my flat temporary, can I receive help? Trust is the most important thing when living in a city »

Shams Asadi, Human Rights Commissioner of Vienna

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Montevideo transforms abandoned properties into housing and habitat projects with a social function

Montevideo (1,3 million) | Right to Housing – Urban renewal

Montevideo "Fincas" project aims at recovering abandoned properties in central areas of the city in order to transform them into housing projects with a social function at the service of the common good. Fincas relies on consolidated mechanisms for multi-level cooperation.

« Through Fincas. Montevideo can advance towards a model of urban development with a human scale that poses alternatives to speculation, urban extractivism or predatory growth. It puts at the center of urban development people's needs and their right to the city »

Montevideo Department of Urban Development

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Móstoles is leading an ambitious strategy for the right to housing and the rights of homeless people

Móstoles (205,614) | Right to Housing - Homelessness

Móstoles, a working-class peripheral city, suffered harshly the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Faced with an unprecedented housing emergency and a hike in the number of evictions, the city set in motion a strategy to reverse the situation and protect the right to housing.

« We consider housing and unemployment as the two biggest problems of our society. As the situation has worsened in recent times due to the real estate bubble and the economic crisis, our city has put in place local mechanisms to protect the right to housing »

Gabriel Ortega, Deputy Mayor of Móstoles

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Seoul's quest to bring human rights in all parts of citizens' lives: Building a Human Rights City

Seoul (9,8 million) | Human Rights Cities - Nondiscrimination

Almost seven years after the creation of its Human Rights Department, Seoul has consolidated a pioneer municipal human rights system. At present, the city vows to tackle more firmly human rights issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment or forced evictions.

« Seoul has recently established a second human rights policy master plan focused on expanding human rights in every part of citizens' lives: creating human-friendly spaces, spreading human rights culture and raising awareness on the need to respect differences »

Seoul's Human Rights Department

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Guaranteeing “a rooftop for everyone” in Plaine Commune: A working-class metropolitan territory

Plaine Commune (435,000) | Right to Housing - Right to the City

Throughout the last twenty years, Plaine Commune has transformed several of its industrial wastelands into new urban land and social housing promotions. Eradicating inadequate housing and fighting against speculation have been structuring axes of the territory’s strategy.

« Plaine Commune has constantly called for an urban policy that guarantees the "right to centrality" in the metropolitan area. This means that the people who live in our territory – and, in particular, in working-class households – must have access to all the city comforts and services as a right and without exclusion: this is the case, for example, of employment, transport or access to shops and business »

David Proult, Vice-President of Plaine Commune

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Montevideo works hand in hand with its citizens in order to guarantee the right to housing and to the city

Montevideo (1,3 million) | Right to Housing – Right to the City

Montevideo is widely recognized for its pioneer policies in the field of the right to housing and the housing cooperatives movement, which recently reached its half-century of history by securing a strengthened cooperation with the government of the city. We explore several of Montevideo’s housing policies through an interview with the city’s Urban Development Directress, Silvana Pissano

 « The issue of urban land is necessarily related to the Right to the City: providing existing vacant land at the center of Montevideo to those inhabitants that are willing to develop their own housing initiatives unfolds as a way to enable their access to the city resources and services that come with the land, such as transportation, water, sanitation and public space. This is essential for having an equal and democratic city »

Silvana Pissano, Urban Development Directress of Montevideo